22 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
Lovely Lady—(Lily Langtry).
Never Beaten (but once !)—(Napoleon Bonaparte).
Inspiring Pianist—(Ignace Paderewski).
The Roughrider—(Theodore Roosevelt).
A time-limit is set by the hostess, and at its expiration the cards are collected and a prize is given to the person who has the most correct guesses.
The questions can be multiplied indefinitely at the discretion of the hostess, and at the conclusion the inevitable prize can be awarded by vote, the hostess reading all the papers to the company. They can either vote by acclamation or can put down on another card opposite each number what they think the paper is entitled to, ten standing for the very highest approval and so on down to one for the lowest grade. When all have voted the cards are collected and the mathematician of the company retires to seclusion to figure out who has the highest vote. The voting is generally the occasion of as much fun as the writing.
It is said that the first portrait was made by a youth who, seeing the shadow of his sweetheart cast upon a sunny wall, seized a sharp stone and gave permanence to the likeness by following its outlines.
A game very popular with the youths and maidens of our own day is based on this early attempt at portraiture.
Let the hostess use her best tact and powers of observation in pairing her guests, or she may leave it to the hazard of matching flowers, rosettes or what not for partners. To each pair are given two sheets of silhouette paper dull black on one side and white on the other, tour thumb-tacks, a pencil, a pair of scissors, and a lamp